asked the freeport question. douglas clearly, and to his detriment endorsed slavery in the territories and much of american history flew. but, yes, they did. kennedy wins in 1960 by about one vote per precinct. the debate had to make that much difference. 1976, gerald ford seemed to catalyze the belief he was, perhaps, befuddled, when he got crosswise with himself. in 1980, ronald reagan said, there you go again, people said, he's not a madman at all. perfectly nice fellow. in 1988, when michael dukakis was asked about capital punishment and his wife, people said he's cold, he's a technocrat. and we don't much care for that. in 1992, president bush looked at his watch. and people said, he's detached. he doesn't really care for us. and then, donna, there were the sighs on the part of al gore. people said, he's a bit of a stuffed shirt.